DCOP Dr. Ernest Owusu, Madam Aridja Frank, other senior police officers in a group photograph with participants
THE POLICE Administration, as part of its attitudinal change policy, has trained 30 police personnel in Accra.
Participants were selected from the ranks of Sergeant and Inspectorate from across the 18 police regions and schooled on various topics including human rights, attitudinal change, policing and the media, to help improve their relationship with the public.
This training is the eighth in a series started in October 2021 and expected to end next year.
About 240 personnel have since been trained in the workshop dubbed, “Enhancing police professionalism, in terms of human rights and community engagement in the interest of public safety and security.”
At a closing ceremony, the Director General in charge of Research and Transformation, DCOP Dr. Ernest Owusu, said the course is to equip personnel with skills and knowledge in police public management to enhance their professionalism in building police public relations.
He said personnel were taken through the four thematic areas set by the police administration, which included restoring public trust, commanding public respect, regaining public confidence and cementing police legitimacy.
“You are going to be agents of change and when you go out there, impart what you have studied here to your colleagues so that together, we can work to achieve a common goal,” DCOP Owusu stated.
DCOP Dr. Owusu maintained that personnel selected are frontline police officers, including personnel from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), the National Police Patrols (visibility), the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Legal and Prosecution, among other units.
Aridja Frank, Regional Programme Coordinator of Hanns Seidel Foundation, sponsors of the workshop, said the foundation is glad to support the police administration to achieve the goal of serving citizens better.
She said as officers whose salaries and uniforms are paid by the citizens, personnel must serve the citizens better in ensuring that there is an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, while individuals can go about their duties without fear.
“Security and peace go together, and as police officers, the peace and security of the country is in your hands since without that, no country can develop,” she told the officers.
BY Linda Tenyah-Ayettey